It’s Getting HOT!
HOT, or, HoneyBees and Orange Trees, combines planting elephant-deterring citrus trees and installing honeybee hives to create a living, income-producing “living fence barrier” between rural villagers and wild elephants, keeping people AND elephants safe.
Inspired in 2014 by the results we had supporting Project Orange Elephant, a wildly successful initiative of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society, we joined hands with them again, supplying 18 families living in Human-Elephant Conflict hotspots with SLWCS orange trees, providing citrus trees to impoverished farmers, enabling them to create a sustainable source of income with a crop that elephants tend not to raid or trample. A positive action for all!
The more we got to know the farmers and children living amongst Sri Lanka’s wild elephants, the more we knew we had to do more to help ensure their survival–of the people, of the elephants, and of the land.
In February of 2017 we planted another 500 trees! Each “HOT” family received 50+ orange trees, and several “test farms” received bee boxes, as well as ongoing support and training they will need to have successful harvests of both oranges and honey.
We’re fundraising to implement elements of “HOT” in other countries, eager to see if the similar successful results can be achieved. Solutions that help elephants, people, and the planet–that’s what happens when you combine collaboration and Compassionate Action.
While we were planting trees last February, we were lucky enough to meet Bethan Knapper, who was working on a documentary for her University. She filmed some of the ongoing work we share with SLWCS, creating a beautiful video project you can view here: One Land, by Bethan Knapper.